Mt Bogong ascent, Victorian Alps

A 1500m ascent to the summit of Mt Bogong (1986m) provides excellent alpine views and a pretty decent workout!

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria

Mt Bogong is Victoria’s highest mountain at 1986m of elevation, and is apparently Australia’s highest freestanding mountain. There’s no road to the top, so if you want to summit the mountain and see the excellent views you have to climb it from the bottom, a satisfying 1500m ascent along a well marked track up either the Staircase Spur or Eskdale Spur.

The initial section of the walk from Mountain Creek camping area passes through attractive tall forest. Once above the treeline there are extensive views over distant hills, and the alpine and sub-alpine scenery of the mountain itself is also very nice. This includes some fire damaged areas on Eskdale Spur that have their own interesting aesthetic. I found climbing Staircase Spur and descending via Eskdale Spur to be a worthwhile circuit, although the final few kilometres along the Mountain Creek Track (a vehicle trail) were a bit tiring at the end of a long hot day in mid summer. Track notes at the end.

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Mt Bogong taken from a viewpoint on the road into Tawonga and Mt Beauty from the north-west.

Mt Bogong ascent: The Scenery

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Lots of ferns on the fire trail out from the car park.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
An interesting tree I’ve not seen before. I think we saw the same or a similar tree in Tasmania.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Silvery trees as we climbed higher towards the treeline.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
The trees became stunted and grey-green as we climbed towards the treeline.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
One of my favourite shots of the walk, looking out over many layers of hills from just above the treeline.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Another of my favourite shots from a little above the treeline. Eskdale Spur in the foreground.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Just above the treeline.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Looking over the return route along Eskdale Spur from our way up Staircase Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Some of the wildflowers we encountered on the walk.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
You can see the poled route up towards the summit.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
A nice valley near the top of Staircase Spur, a very short deviation off the main track.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
This view a very short deviation off the main track near the top of Staircase Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
The summit of Mt Bogong was flat and grassy, but the upper slopes were failry rugged.

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Sophia at the summit (1986m).

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
View from the summit.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Alpine flowers in the foreground that had already past their prime, but still created a nice aesthetic.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Fire damaged snow gums.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Looking down Eskdale Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Looking out from part way down Eskdale Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
On Eskdale Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Having lunch on Eskdale Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
On Eskdale Spur looking towards Staircase Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
I liked the skeletal form of these fire damaged trees.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Eskdale Spur

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
I walked a little off track to get this shot, keeping to rock as much as possible to avoid trampling fragile alpine plants.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Looking back up towards the summit from Eskdale Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Fire damaged trees on Eskdale Spur.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
I liked the colours of these trees against the green of the forest.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
We met a couple of lizards like this and suspected they were pregnant. They certainly didn’t hurry away when approached.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Forest on the fire trail back to the start.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
More fern action on the fire trail back to the start.

 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
Mt Bogong and surrounds viewed from the road to Bright.
A place to eat in town

And as an aside, a colleague’s sister runs the restaurant Flour and Water in Tawonga/Mt Beauty (at least as at January 2019), and we very much enjoyed our two dinners there, particular after finishing this walk. The servings were so big that I felt I had conquered two mountains that day, one being a mountain of food.  

Track Notes

The route is pretty straightforward, and can be seen in the below map, which was situated at the beginning of the ascent up Staircase Spur. There are also track notes on Trail Hiking Australia, and info on the Parks Victoria website. 

Mt Bogong ascent, Victoria
We started at Mountain Creek camping area and followed the fire trail to Staircase Trailhead, took the Staircase to the summit, then returned via Eskdale Spur and Mountain Creek Tracks, but deviating onto the Fern Tree Walk for the last section back to the car park.

The walk starts at Mountain Creek Campground…

 

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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